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Remembering Review Alumnus Ross Drake

Nate Cavalieri
February 10, 2012
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In March of 1999, a piece by then-Sports Editor Ross Drake, OC ’00, appeared in The Oberlin Review under the headline “Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio?” — a touching if slightly awkward obituary for the heroic center fielder. In the piece, Ross’s affection for DiMaggio has the immediat...

Alum Describes Chaos at Occupy Oakland

Ben Master
November 11, 2011
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The massive day of action organized by Occupy Oakland on Nov. 2 both inspired and troubled me. As has been the case with most of my involvement with the Occupation, I left in awe of Oakland’s persistent and passionate mobilization against economic injustice. At the same time, I was dismayed by incidents...

Suggestions, Concerns for Occupy Wall Street Movement

Erin Amlicke
October 14, 2011
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Dear protesters of the Occupy Wall Street movement: At Day 27 of your string of protests, I think us skeptics should be obliged to extend you our congratulations for successfully sustaining and growing the Occupy demonstrations. However, as a former protest organizer and lover of any divisive poli...

Op-Ed: Riding the Regression Train of Austerity

Ben Master
May 13, 2011
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Republican solutions for the deficit, manifested most clearly in Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget proposal, threaten to fray the entire American social fabric. By this point, we know how attacks on public sector unions will reduce living standards for one of the last cohorts of securely middle-class workers,...

Op-Ed: Progessives Must Reject Conventional Politics

Shannon Ikebe
May 13, 2011
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It’s probably become too cliché to say that we are in a turbulent, troubled times. But we indeed are. Since I came to the Oberlin community nearly four years ago in the summer of 2007, the world has changed to a much greater extent than it did in other times, even though it might be difficult to ascertain...

All of the Lights, All of the Money

Richard McGuire
May 6, 2011
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Last weekend, hundreds of students eagerly lined up on North Quad for a one of a kind event. It was a rare sight to see students gathering at the Science Center on a Saturday night for a party. The event was put on by Solarity, a new student organization founded by College sophomores Eli Clar...

The Pursuit of Happiness

Sarp Yavuz, Staff Writer
April 15, 2011
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Inspired by my mother’s recently published article on making a list of things you want, I tried to make my own, and I am challenging you to do the same. Make a list, right now. Make a list of at least 25 things you want from life. It will be difficult, but I’m making it a little easier for you guys...

Gaddafi Actions in Libya Require Military Intervention

Alex Posa
March 11, 2011
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The time has come for the African Union or the UN to enter Libya. If we can’t use our weight to coerce international organizations to stop the brutality, we must enter with support from our allies. With thousands already dead and Gaddafi showing no signs of giving up power, the world can’t use condemnation...

America Approaching Class Warfare

Pete Sabo
March 11, 2011
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“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention” is the most appropriate maxim to apply to what’s been happening in the past weeks across the U.S. in the battle for labor unions against the greed of Wall Street and its corporate cronies running our states. Governor John Kasich, for instance,...

Pondering Cross-Atlantic Pedagogies

Rina Seegoolam
March 4, 2011
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The syllabus of my first history class at Oberlin College stated that the class would have six discussion sessions that would last the entire class. As an exchange student, I was very surprised and thought that this would never be possible because students would not have enough things to say. I was wrong....

Pro-Choice Views Need Depth

Chip Williams
March 4, 2011
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The Review’s editorial last week concerning Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill,” a proposed ban on abortion after a fetus’s heartbeat can be detected, rightly condemns the legislation as dangerous and wrongheaded. However, like the majority of arguments put forth by the “pro-choice” camp, it fails...

Reflections on Gloria Steinem: Feminism Struggles Against All Oppression

Katy MceGhee and Shannon Ikebe
March 4, 2011
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Gloria Steinem has reminded us of why we are feminists, and why everyone should be. Feminism, she has passionately appealed to us, is about us all, about the very nature of the society which we are continually in the process of creating and recreating. It is our duty (and our joy!) to use the tools and...

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